FIA head Jen Todt visits South Africa

FIA HEAD MAKES BRIEF VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt made a whistle stop visit to South Africa this week. While in this country Todt met with Automobile Association managing director ...

FIA HEAD MAKES BRIEF VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) president Jean Todt made a whistle stop visit to South Africa this week.

While in this country Todt met with Automobile Association managing director Karen Bryden and other senior AA officials. The former Ferrari boss also took the opportunity to meet with Motorsport South Africa managing director Francois Pretorius and other motorsport personalities.

"It has to be stressed that Todt's visit to South Africa had more to do with touring issues involving the FIA than motorsport," said Pretorius. "As such he held talks with Ms Bryden and senior management at the AA.

"From an MSA point of view we were fortunate enough to touch base with Todt and hold informal discussions on a number of issues."

Pretorius added that the discussions with Todt opened the door for more contact with the FIA president in the future. Todt, before arriving in South Africa, also visited other FIA members in Africa and was later scheduled to visit Botswana.

Among senior motorsport officials who met Todt were Richard Schilling, president of the South African National Off Road Car Racing Association, and other members of the association and Richard Leeke who is a former chairman of the stewards and FIA observer for the Africa Rally Championship.

"It was an unexpected bonus to be able to meet with Todt," said Schilling. "Our contact was brief but we were able to establish a link that will be of benefit to off road racing in the future.

"The discussions were informative on both sides but the important issue is that we have made eye contact with Todt."

-source: saorc

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